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16th Mar 2023

Quentin Tarantino’s tenth and final movie has been announced

Steve Hopkins

Quentin Tarantino reportedly has another movie in the works – his last.

The cult director who hasn’t put a foot wrong since his 1992 debut, Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, which came out two years later, is said to be putting together his final flick. He always said he’d do ten.

According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Tarantino, whose last movie – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood came out in 2019 – is working on a script called The Movie Critic.

The publication, citing sources, said Tarantino wrote the script and is preparing to direct this fall.

While THR said the plot is being closely guarded, sources have said the story is set in late 1970s LA and has a female lead at its centre.

The publication speculated The Movie Critic may centre on Pauline Kael, one of the most influential reviewers of the period, as well as an essayist and novelist. She died in 2001.

In the late 1970s, Kael, THR noted, worked briefly as a consultant for Paramount, a position she accepted at the behest of actor Warren Beatty. The timing of that position, the publication said, ties in with the setting of the script.

Tarantino’s last movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, grossed over $377 million globally and won two Oscars (Best Supporting Actor, Pitt, and Best Production Design). It was nominated for 10.

With Tarantino’s directing some of the biggest names in Hollywood, the cast for what might be his last movie is sure to be star-studded.

He has long said he wants to direct 10 films or retire by 60, which he turns on 27 March.

He has made nine, if you could the two Kill Bill movies as one, which Tarantino does.

In 2012, Tarantino told Playboy about the pitfalls of making movies late into life, saying “directors don’t get better as they get older”.

He told the publication: “Usually the worst films in their filmography are those last four at the end. I am all about my filmography, and one bad film f—s up three good ones. I don’t want that bad, out-of-touch comedy in my filmography, the movie that makes people think, ‘Oh man, he still thinks it’s 20 years ago.’

“When directors get out-of-date, it’s not pretty.”

Tarantino has won Oscars for best writing for Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained and has three best directing nominations and one best picture nomination.

While THR noted The Movie Critic will probably be Tarantino’s last, it stated he may move on to other creative projects. In 2021, he published his first novel, a novelisation of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

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